Mariemont High School girls' swimming team named national champions for its classification

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 17:22:45-04

MARIEMONT, Ohio — The Mariemont girls’ swimming and diving team has been named national champions for its public school enrollment classification by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA).

Mariemont Athletic Director Tom Nerl announced the news Tuesday in a release. The Mariemont girls’ team was OHSAA Division II state runner-up in 2015 and ’16.

"The school is extremely proud," Nerl said. "This is the first time we have received a recognition like this for athletics and it is simply awesome."

The NISCA also recognizes national All-Americans for the top 100 swimmers and divers in each event. The NISCA sponsors the National Dual Meet Team Rankings as each school enters a lineup of three swimmers and two relay teams in each event.

The NISCA placed Mariemont in the Public School Division (1-900 student enrollment) and the Warriors compiled 5,018 points, leading the field by over 500 points.

The Mariemont boys’ team was ranked eighth in its public school classification, according to the school.

The Mariemont girls’ team also had three sets of All-Americans named in the 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.

Leah Dupre, a 2016 graduate, was an All-American in the 100 breaststroke (also state champion). She was also part of the 200 medley relay with Saide Decamp, Brooke Woellert and Lainey Newman. The 200 freestyle relay included Dupre, Cora Dupre, Rachael Munshauer and Newman.

The girls' team was led by head swim coach Kevin Maness, assistant coaches Jordan Schad and David Spooner and head diving coach Ray Noble.

"Coach Maness and his assistants do a tremendous job every year to make our swim program one of the top programs in the area in Division II," Nerl said. "For Mariemont to achieve back-to-back state runner-up finishes when we are going against Gates Mills Gilmour Academy and Hawken and the other top programs at state is incredible. The girls have worked extremely hard this year to return to state and capture the results that they did."

Carmel (Ind.) won the overall girls’ national title, according to St. Xavier assistant coach Tom Keefe. St. X won the overall boys’ national title last week.